Scout 420 LXF: 2020 Boat Buyers Guide

The 420 LXF is a unique blend of high-performance fish boat and high-end cruiser.
Scout 420 LXF fishing
LOA: 42’2″ | Beam: 13’1″ | Fuel Capacity: 500 gal. | Dry Weight: 16,800 lb. plus power | Max HP: 1,675 | Certifications: NMMA Scout Boats

Comfortable fishing and luxurious cruising in center-consoles, dual-consoles and bay boats, from 17 to 53 feet.

Each Scout is an original, with in-house research and design teams working with engineers to nurture concepts from sketch to blueprint to production, efficiently, all the while growing the company’s reputation for quality, strength, durability and value.

Scout, founded 25 years ago, counts among its selling points its superior fit and finish; best-in-class strength-to-weight ratio; fully finished bilge, lids, doors and hatches; and the company’s -family ownership and operation.

Scout 420 LXF helm
Hardtop supports and the windshield are integrated for clear foot traffic and helm protection. Scout Boats

Scout 420 LXF

Three years in development, this 42-footer takes its place in Scout’s LXF Collection, a line of luxury sport-fish boats the company calls a unique blend of high-performance fish boat and high-end cruiser.

Stevie Potts, son of Scout CEO and founder Steve Potts, headed up development of the 420, which the elder Potts said “rivals even some of the larger luxury sport-fishing machines with its appointments, technology and attention to detail.”


That technology includes an epoxy-infused, carbon fiber/ e-glass double-stepped hull that welcomes quad outboards. Standard are full transom walk-through with teak swim platform, side boarding door, Kohler generator, and Seakeeper gyrostabilizer.

Also standard are two 92- gallon in-floor fish boxes with overboard diaphragm discharge, powder-coated hardtop with curved glass enclosure, and three-person aft-facing cockpit seats that are part of a leaning post that contains an ice maker, drawer refrigerator and/or tackle drawers (you select two).

The cockpit baitwell holds 80 gallons, a nod to the 5 percent of offshore center-console survey respondents who carry hundreds of baits. (Sixty-three percent say a single livewell is enough, by the way.) The boat bears 10 stainless-steel gunwale-mounted rod holders, with seven more on the transom; offshore CC respondents ask for an average of six total. Optional hardtop rocket launchers articulate downward, making rod access easier.


Below are amenities Scout compares to those on a private jet: stove cooktop, microwave, flush-mounted TV, DVD player, galley sink, refrigerator, enclosed shower, and two single beds that can be combined into one large king berth.

The hydraulic portside beach platform adds a floating veranda.

Survey Says: On Target


⋅Luxurious seating abounds

⋅Ample tackle-storage options in leaning post

⋅Rod holders double most expectations

Owners Say

⋅Takes waves well, great fishability

⋅Fishing friendly plus family creature comforts

⋅Dry ride

Brand Says

⋅Loaded with standard features

⋅Countless unique features

⋅Digital switching enhances reliability

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